Macular degeneration may be treatable with Parkinson’s drug

November 28, 2015

A UA scientist led a study on age-related macular degeneration that eventually could help delay or prevent the eye disease, researchers say.

The study found that patients who take levodopa, or l-dopa, a common treatment for Parkinson’s disease, appear far less likely to develop macular degeneration, said Prof. Brian S. McKay, a co-principal investigator.

He found this relationship by studying medical and insurance data for over 15 years.

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AMD , Stem Cells and California

November 28, 2015

This video presents an explanation of macular degeneration and stem cell research. Just left-click on the small white triangle below.

Chapel Hill NC LowVision

November 25, 2015

The Orange county library system in the Chapel Hill Hillsboro area of North Carolina is working on a grant to provide assistive technology to their library systems. Towards this end, we are planning a low vision focus group in December and January. If anyone has interest in this project or would like to attend one or both of these focus groups contact Jason Richman at 540-671-9740

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Humanware See things. Differently

November 8, 2015

A note from Lauren Tappan :

trekker breeze

Humanware has several new products to investigate for people with low vision. I highly recommend that you look up these new products on the web. Check out the Trekker Breeze which is Humanware’s latest GPS device. I also suggest that you investigate Smartview 360 which is Humanware’s latest CCTV. You might look at the Youtube describing the Victor Reader Stream.
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Zoom Text and Email

October 25, 2015

The following note is from Lauren Tappan:

As a ZoomText user, I am always looking for ways to improve the function of ZoomText on my computer program. I have had quite a few difficulties using Zoom Text over these many years. Now that Microsoft is supporting Windows 10 this brings up other issues. According to AI Squared Tech Support Team, ZoomText works best in an email program using Outlook 2010 or 2013. I have been using Live mail and MindSpring which have problems within themselves.
As a ZoomText user, I would recommend contacting AI Squared support team to adjust your computer programs so they will work best with ZoomText’s perimeters.
It was my hope that ZoomText would work well with Microsoft’s new tablet, Surface Pro 3, unfortunately, I haven’t heard good reports about this yet. I would be interested in other people’s opinions on ZoomText and Surface Pro 3.

Danish researchers find cause of Macular Degeneration

October 24, 2015

Researchers from Roskilde Hospital have found that the cause of a widespread eye disease, known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), may be found in the immune system.

AMD is a common eye condition and a major cause of vision loss and visual impairment among older adults.

In Denmark, the disease affects every third person.

Protein CD200
Roskilde researchers tested 250 patients and found those with advanced AMD had changed levels of the CD200 protein in their blood.

The protein is also related to ageing and the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

“Over the long term, we expect that a blood test can reveal whether a patient with early calcification of the eye is at high risk of developing severe AMD,” Torben Lykke Sørensen, a clinical professor at Roskilde Hospital and the University of Copenhagen, told Dagbladet Roskilde.

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Mini telescope implant done in Raleigh, NC

October 24, 2015

Earlier this month we reported on a telescopic implant done in Sandhills, NC.
Now in an outpatient procedure at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, ophthalmologist Dr. Isaac Porter removed a patient’s cataract and replaced it with the implant. The telescope itself is smaller than a pea and redirects the image to a part of the retina unaffected by the disease.

The implant comes with a whole-team approach to care involving the cornea surgeon, a retina specialist, optometrist and a low-vision occupational therapist.

Ailse O’Neill with Therapeutic Solutions works with the patient  in her Hillsborough home. She’s learning how to coordinate peripheral vision in her left eye with the magnified vision in her right eye.



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